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12-29-2009, 05:46 PM   #1
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Highlight and Shadow?

I know that some of this is a matter of taste and personal preference, but would like an opinion from those of you who had been using it (or disliking it) for some time.

I took several test images with and without highlight and shadow correction and not sure what really works best.

Highlight correction seems subtle and I would probably leave it on.

Shadow correction is a different story. The pics I took with the highest shadow correction setting look somewhat unnatural. The eye sees the shadow as it's a natural part of the scenery. If you over-correct it, the picture seems to be lacking that natural contrast.

Somewhat related question regarding noise reduction setting - I understand that the higher the NR setting, the longer it will take to save the image. But, are there any other disadvantages? I seem to like the highest NR setting, shows much better detail in low light shooting.

What is your preference/opinion?

12-29-2009, 07:36 PM   #2
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Your points are spot on.

Highlight correction is subtle but useful in that it reduces the point at which highlights get clipped. Mine is almost always on, except if I want to use ISO 100 to get a long shutter-speed and I don't have an ND filter with me.

Shadow correction makes images look flat and reduces contrast. I never use it.

You can play with shadow and highlight contrast if you want an even more subtle effect but I found the defaults ideal in most cases.

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